Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology

Summary:

Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology (TJHSST) is a prestigious public high school in Alexandria, Virginia, serving 1,967 students in grades 9-12 and part of the Fairfax County Public Schools district.

TJHSST is consistently ranked among the top 2 high schools in Virginia, with a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger, placing it in the top 1% of schools statewide. The school's student population is 65.63% Asian, significantly higher than the surrounding schools and state average. TJHSST students excel academically, with proficiency rates often reaching 100% across subjects, far outpacing the Fairfax County district and the state of Virginia. The school ranks highly for all student subgroups, including female, male, and various racial/ethnic groups.

While TJHSST's exceptional performance is a testament to its rigorous curriculum and talented student body, the school's demographics and test scores highlight stark differences compared to nearby schools like Hayfield Secondary, Falls Church High, and West Springfield High. This raises questions about the accessibility and equity of the educational opportunities provided by TJHSST, as students from lower-income backgrounds may face additional barriers to attending and succeeding at the school.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 6560 Braddock Rd
       Alexandria, VA  22312


(703) 750-8300

District: Fairfax County Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
2nd of 326 Virginia High Schools


Student/teacher ratio:  17.2 Help
Number of students:  1,967

Racial breakdown:

Asian:
65.6%
White:
19.7%
Hispanic:
6.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  10.8% Help


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Compare Details Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology ranks better than 99.4% of high schools in Virginia. It also ranks first among 27 ranked high schools in the Fairfax County Public Schools District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 89.79. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Asian (65.6%), White (19.7%), Hispanic (6.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology is 17.2. 21 high schools in the Fairfax County Public Schools District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology:

SchoolDigger ranks Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology 2nd of 326 Virginia public high schools. (See Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology in the ranking list.)

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Fairfax County Public Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Fairfax County Public Schools 41st of 131 Virginia school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology

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Rank History for all students at Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 89.35 1st 308 99.7%
2006 90.49 1st 314 99.7%
2007 88.26 2nd 313 99.4%
2008 87.45 1st 316 99.7%
2009 86.74 1st 313 99.7%
2010 85.92 1st 317 99.7%
2011 88.12 1st 320 99.7%
2012 89.34 1st 321 99.7%
2013 92.13 1st 321 99.7%
2014 91.43 1st 322 99.7%
2015 90.72 1st 322 99.7%
2016 89.98 1st 321 99.7%
2017 89.11 2nd 324 99.4%
2018 89.75 2nd 326 99.4%
2019 89.09 2nd 327 99.4%
2021 93.42 1st 327 99.7%
2022 89.48 1st 325 99.7%
2023 89.79 2nd 326 99.4%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 86.88 4th 193 97.9%
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Rank History for Female students at Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 88.31 3rd 320 99.1%
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Rank History for Military Connected students at Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 89.00 1st 92 98.9%
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Rank History for Male students at Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 91.66 2nd 321 99.4%
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Rank History for Asian students at Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 80.90 6th 120 95.0%
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Rank History for African American students at Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 95.65 1st 240 99.6%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 95.77 1st 232 99.6%
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Rank History for White students at Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 87.17 4th 315 98.7%
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Data source: test scores: Virginia Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1601 1601
1990 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1665 1665
1991 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 1674 1674
1992 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1681 1681
1993 1156 65 354 61 2 n/a n/a 0 1638
1994 1144 73 345 65 1 n/a n/a 0 1628
1995 1168 68 318 68 2 n/a n/a 0 1624
1996 1168 68 318 68 2 n/a n/a 0 1624
1997 1178 74 315 73 2 n/a n/a 0 1642
1998 1166 76 304 77 3 n/a n/a 0 1626
1999 1190 68 309 79 2 n/a n/a 0 1648
2000 1193 55 342 71 2 n/a n/a -4 1659
2001 1175 38 366 60 2 n/a n/a 0 1641
2002 1124 22 441 39 3 n/a n/a 40 1669
2003 1124 22 441 39 3 n/a n/a 40 1669
2004 1091 19 477 40 3 n/a n/a 51 1681
2005 1040 23 515 40 6 n/a n/a 70 1694
2006 984 30 586 48 8 n/a n/a 82 1738
2007 980 27 647 44 6 n/a n/a 98 1802
2008 935 33 686 46 5 n/a n/a 100 1805
2009 862 33 753 50 6 n/a n/a 111 1815
2010 781 28 835 38 3 n/a n/a 107 1792
2011 793 32 912 42 3 5 24 0 1811
2012 726 30 1000 39 3 5 51 0 1854
2013 642 25 1063 41 2 1 72 0 1846
2014 566 22 1119 45 3 2 86 0 1843
2015 530 24 1084 34 39 16 93 0 1820
2016 466 26 1156 40 35 15 85 0 1823
2017 418 28 1174 37 33 14 85 0 1789
2018 375 30 1216 33 29 11 92 0 1786
2019 366 33 1251 43 0 0 88 0 1781
2020 352 31 1293 48 0 0 85 0 1809
2021 331 32 1303 55 1 1 86 0 1809
2022 372 62 1263 108 1 2 94 0 1902
2023 387 78 1291 120 2 3 86 0 1967

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

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For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 1601 109.0 14.6 n/a
1990 1665 110.6 15.0 n/a
1991 1674 110.5 15.1 n/a
1992 1681 112.5 14.9 n/a
1993 1638 108.5 15.1 n/a
1994 1628 139.9 n/a n/a
1995 1624 n/a 0.0 0.6
1996 1624 n/a 0.0 0.6
1997 1642 n/a 0.0 0.4
1998 1626 n/a 0.0 0.4
1999 1648 98.0 16.8 0.7
2000 1659 n/a 0.0 0.8
2001 1641 116.0 14.1 0.7
2002 1669 122.9 13.6 0.8
2003 1669 122.9 13.6 0.8
2004 1681 110.5 15.2 1.3
2005 1694 111.5 15.2 1.2
2006 1738 118.0 14.7 1.2
2007 1802 129.3 13.9 1.5
2008 1805 118.3 15.3 1.3
2009 1815 113.1 16.0 1.5
2010 1792 106.0 16.8 2.4
2011 1811 105.5 17.1 2.3
2012 1854 107.8 17.1 2
2013 1846 110.5 16.6 2.2
2014 1843 109.0 16.8 2.2
2015 1820 108.0 16.8 1.8
2016 1823 107.0 17.0 1.9
2017 1789 105.6 16.9 1.8
2018 1786 103.9 17.1 1.8
2019 1781 101.7 17.5 1.9
2020 1809 103.2 17.5 1.8
2021 1809 99.5 18.1 n/a
2022 1902 106.5 17.8 1.7
2023 1967 114.0 17.2 10.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 1601 109.0 14.6 n/a
1990 1665 110.6 15.0 n/a
1991 1674 110.5 15.1 n/a
1992 1681 112.5 14.9 n/a
1993 1638 108.5 15.1 n/a
1994 1628 139.9 n/a n/a
1995 1624 n/a 0.0 0.6
1996 1624 n/a 0.0 0.6
1997 1642 n/a 0.0 0.4
1998 1626 n/a 0.0 0.4
1999 1648 98.0 16.8 0.7
2000 1659 n/a 0.0 0.8
2001 1641 116.0 14.1 0.7
2002 1669 122.9 13.6 0.8
2003 1669 122.9 13.6 0.8
2004 1681 110.5 15.2 1.3
2005 1694 111.5 15.2 1.2
2006 1738 118.0 14.7 1.2
2007 1802 129.3 13.9 1.5
2008 1805 118.3 15.3 1.3
2009 1815 113.1 16.0 1.5
2010 1792 106.0 16.8 2.4
2011 1811 105.5 17.1 2.3
2012 1854 107.8 17.1 2
2013 1846 110.5 16.6 2.2
2014 1843 109.0 16.8 2.2
2015 1820 108.0 16.8 1.8
2016 1823 107.0 17.0 1.9
2017 1789 105.6 16.9 1.8
2018 1786 103.9 17.1 1.8
2019 1781 101.7 17.5 1.9
2020 1809 103.2 17.5 1.8
2021 1809 99.5 18.1 n/a
2022 1902 106.5 17.8 1.7
2023 1967 114.0 17.2 10.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology

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Rankings

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Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 2nd of 327 High schoolsRanks 2nd of 326 High schools
 0%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
End of Course Geometry (Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology)100100
   End of Course Geometry (Fairfax County Public Schools)8690
 4%
   End of Course Geometry (Virginia)8380
 3%
End of Course Algebra I (Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology)100100
   End of Course Algebra I (Fairfax County Public Schools)8986
 3%
   End of Course Algebra I (Virginia)8680
 6%
End of Course Algebra II (Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology)100100
   End of Course Algebra II (Fairfax County Public Schools)9091
 1%
   End of Course Algebra II (Virginia)9186
 5%
End of Course Chemistry (Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology)10084
 16%
   End of Course Chemistry (Fairfax County Public Schools)8959
 30%
   End of Course Chemistry (Virginia)8864
 24%
End of Course Biology (Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology)100100
   End of Course Biology (Fairfax County Public Schools)8678
 8%
   End of Course Biology (Virginia)8370
 13%
End of Course English Reading (Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology)100100
   End of Course English Reading (Fairfax County Public Schools)8687
 1%
   End of Course English Reading (Virginia)8685
 1%
End of Course World History I (Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology)100100
   End of Course World History I (Fairfax County Public Schools)8580
 5%
   End of Course World History I (Virginia)8066
 14%
End of Course World History II (Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology)100100
   End of Course World History II (Fairfax County Public Schools)8481
 3%
   End of Course World History II (Virginia)8148
 33%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students17811967
 10.4%
African American3378
 136.4%
American Indian02
Asian12511291
 3.2%
Hispanic43120
 179.1%
Pacific Islander03
White366387
 5.7%
Two or More Races8886
 2.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients1.9%10.8%
 9%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,967 students attended Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology.

Yes! Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology is one of the best high schools in the state. It ranks 2nd of 326 Virginia high schools.

Students at Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology are 66% Asian, 20% White, 6% Hispanic, 4% Two or more races, 4% African American.


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